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Activity Overview


Figurative language adds a descriptive element to text. The Shiloh book has several examples of figurative language, including similes and hyperbole. In this activity, students can display their understanding of figurative language by identifying the examples from the text and creating a literal or figurative portrayal of the language. Additional types of figurative language include metaphors, personification, and idioms.


Figurative Language Examples

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Simile A comparison using 'like' or 'as' “I’m happy as a flea on a dog.”
Hyperbole Exaggeration or overstatement for humor or emphasis “I feel like there’s a tank trunk sitting on my chest; can’t hardly breathe.”
Hyperbole Exaggeration or overstatement for humor or emphasis “He knows I’d rather swim a river full of crocodiles than face Judd Travers.”
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Figurative Language

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows three examples of figurative language in Shiloh.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify use of figurative language in the text.
  3. Put the type of figurative language (such as simile or metaphor) in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.



Rubric

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Figurative Language
Create a storyboard that shows illustrations of three examples of figurative language from the text.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Examples of Figurative Language
There are three examples of figurative language in the description boxes.
There are two correct examples of figurative language in the description boxes.
Only one of the examples of figurative language is correct.
Types of Figurative Language
All three examples are correctly identified as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification (or other).
Two examples of figurative language are correctly identified as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification (or other).
Only one example of figurative language is correctly identified as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification (or other).
Illustrations
Illustrations show attention to the details of the story and demonstrate connection to the figurative language.
Illustrations demonstrate connection to the figurative language.
Illustrations do not make sense with the examples chosen.




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